Professional Development Diplomas
Are you interested in one of our professional development programs? Below are our one of kind animal science programs!
Our professional development diploma programs were developed with busy adult learners in mind who wish to begin a career, or enhance a current one, working with animals and their caregivers. Courses are facilitated by instructors holding PhD, DVM, JD or Master degrees in their subject area and are taught in online classrooms on our Virtual Campus. Students can log in anytime, 24/7/365, from any computer or hand held device with an Internet connection. Additionally, ACAS uses real-time video-conferencing software to hold SIMs (synchronous interactive meetings) with classes that support up to 15 students/faculty with web cams with audio/video creating a classroom environment that rivals a traditional college classroom.
Academic Residency Labs and Externship Practicum with Animals
The college's clinical animal behavior and welfare programs would not be complete without lab and practicum courses with animals. Academic Residency Lab (ARL) courses are held at animal facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The Avian and Equine residencies are held at Best Friends Society animal sanctuary in Angel Canyon, Utah U.S.A. Canine and Equine ARLs are currently held at the college's 20 acre Dream Pond Science Field Station and Reserve in Crescent City, Florida U.S.A. located nearby the college administrative offices. Externship practicum may be completed by students in real-world animal facilities in their community or while working alongside animal professionals. In some cases, faculty will work with students to arrange externship practicum at exciting and rewarding locations anywhere in the world where animals are available.
Academic Research Capstones
Learning new skill sets that can be directly applied to career employment or the development of an animal-related business or professional practice is only one feature of ACAS academic programs. Students learn to develop critical thinking skills and research skills in order to solve problems that they will face in their careers and personal lives. All bachelor and master degree program students will design and complete a thesis research project under the guidance of their thesis committee. ACAS encourages students to present their work at poster sessions or as paper presentations at educational conferences. In addition, the research center here at the college will assist students who wish to pursue publication of their study in peer review scientific publications.
A Career working with Animals
These are only a few of the commitments that our institution makes to each and every one of our students in our college community. The process begins with an application for admission and continues beyond program completion with our alumni and career development professionals. We invite you to explore our college community and its academic programs and student support services and to download a current Academic Catalog.